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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition Radeon R7 370
Grand Theft Auto VI 128% 224%
Battlefield 2042 120% 213%
Resident Evil 8 111% 200%
New World 43% 104%
Far Cry 6 135% 234%
The Ascent 183% 303%
FIFA 22 18% 16%
Forza Horizon 5 28% 82%
Star Citizen 42% 102%
Age of Empires IV 62% 131%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R7 370.

The R9 380 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon R7 370. This results in the R9 380 providing 50.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R9 380 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon R7 370 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the R9 380 providing 1.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition and the Radeon R7 370 were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

The R9 380 has 2048 MB more video memory than the Radeon R7 370, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 380 also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 380 has 9.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon R7 370, which means that the memory performance of the R9 380 is marginally better than the Radeon R7 370.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 370 has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 370 is 849. The R9 380 having 644 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 380 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon R7 370.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 370 requires 110 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the Radeon R7 370. The R9 380 requires 80 Watts more than the Radeon R7 370 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the Radeon R7 370.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs925 MHz
Boost Clock-vs975 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROGCN 1.0 Trinidad PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs18 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs179.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1024
Actual Shader Performance72%vs41%
Texture Mapping Units112vs64
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs59.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs29.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs110 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i3-4370 3.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 980MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1475MHz, instead of 1375MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.

Cooling Solution
PCS-Professional Cooling System: The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
Radeon R7 370 is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The GCN Architecture succeeds the 40nm Terascale Architecture. In addition to being produced with a 28nm Technology, the GCN Architecture adds other Technologies that allow for energy efficiency. For example, ZeroCore Power, a long idle power saving technology, allows the Graphics Cards to shut down by itself when the Monitor is turned off.
GCN also adds Improved Anisotropic Filtering, DirectX 11 Tessellation and the Partially Resident Textures (PRT) Technology, which enables future games to utilize ultra-high resolution textures with the same performance as today's small and often repetitive textures.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Trinidad PRO which has 16 Compute Units activated and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is Initially Clocked at 925MHz and goes up to 975MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1400MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 110W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Radeon R7 370 2GB is essentially a faster, power optimized Radeon R7 265 2GB.
Its release Price of $149 is what makes it a very competitive Graphics Card because its performance is even beneath the Very Old Legacy Radeon HD 7870 and the GPU is not 1080p gaming capable, considering today's gaming market.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 370 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Decent Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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